BUXTON, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's iconic Cape Hatteras Lighthouse has gone dark for about a month while officials await custom-made parts for storm damage repairs.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Nate Cox, a U.S. Coast Guard spokesman, said the light has been off since mid-January after machinery was damaged by storms. He said replacement parts are being made by a company in Ohio and should arrive soon. Cox compared the process to finding parts for an antique car. The lighthouse was built in 1870, replacing an earlier structure.

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Cox said modern ships use GPS and digital mapping so the repairs haven't sidelined a primary navigation tool.

The current outage, although unusually long, should be shorter than several months in 1999 when the lighthouse went dark so it could be moved.

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